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Monday , 19 April 2021

Lakeland College Judging Club lets students blow off steam

It was a day you could’ve called the Judging Club the smashing club at Lakeland College.

Roughly 50 or more students in the midst of exam stress took a chunk out of a wrecked car, donated by Vermilion Valley Auto Park on Dec. 4.

The car smash event was a student-led fundraiser and Bobbi-Jo Foster, Judging Club president, said it was an opportunity to have a fun event in a year that’s been difficult to fundraise.

“Normally our biggest fundraisers Band in the Sand [an annual music festival at Lakeland],” said Foster.

“It was kind of just something fun to do for a club as we can’t really do very much this year.”

The back windshield takes a pounding. Image submitted.

With $5 for every smack the auto took and $10 for every window, the students raised $290.

“We got flood cameras, and we got glasses and masks and everything like that. And basically just put signs up everywhere.

“We put a silage tarp that the farm donated to us underneath so that we could just clean it up quickly and easy.”

Foster, who is in the second of Animal Science Technology as a beef major, is one of 25 or so members of the club.

The judging team usually weeks once a week in a normal year. Some judge pigs, sheep, dairy cows, beef cows, horses for practice, others enjoy the competition.

“On a normal year, there’d be competition. So like last year, our club attended the Saskatoon judging competition at the University of Saskatoon, the Edmonton judging competition, and then a few people went to the exhibition judging competition,” said Foster.

“We definitely we did a lot of practicing still this year, just kind of to get things ready, especially for the first year, so that hopefully next year, they can go to some competitions.”

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.